Two-year-old Jayvin Cruz survived a 1:30 a.m. fall from the window of his family's third-floor apartment, thanks to the fact that he landed on the flexible screen top of a trashcan shed, as opposed to the Lower East Side sidewalk below. "I said, 'Whoa, good thing for that,' because otherwise the baby would've hit the concrete," a witness observed. Though Jayvin was unharmed, emergency responders took him to Bellevue as a precaution. His family told the Daily News that their landlord was supposed to install a safety grate on the window, but had not yet done so.
It’s long been silly to deny the growth of Vice, which started as a drugs-and-sex rag from Canada but has, in recent years, partnered with CNN and HBO on a variety of news documentaries from Iraq to Chernobyl, Liberia to North Korea. And while the brand, which sold a 5 percent stake to Rupert Murdoch last year, has been accused of diluting its journalism with cool-kid poses and stunts — it was Vice’s HBO show that played matchmaker for Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un, for instance — to write off the work as simply disaster tourism for kicks is to downplay the very real risks involved in covering war zones and authoritarian regimes.
The capture of Vice News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine, then, is a potential turning point for the network, its legitimacy tougher to deny in the face of actual consequences for committing acts of journalism. The U.S. State Department, for one, is on Vice’s side.
After days of fighting strong currents and low visibility, divers have finally been able to enter the Sewol, the ferry that sank last week near Mokpo, South Korea. As a result, the disaster's confirmed death toll has leaped to 156, with crews now consistently recovering bodies — most of them high-school students — from the ship's submerged cabins, hallways, and decks. The task is unimaginably grim:
The slow, increasingly Democratic cast of the American electorate would seem to be a cardinal fact of American politics. The electorate is firmly polarized, with few voters actually liable to change their minds. The proportion of nonwhite voters has risen by about two percentage points every four years, a rate that seems likely to persist indefinitely as the population grows steadily more diverse. The youngest voting cohort has decidedly more liberal views, and more Democratic voting habits, than its elders, and partisan loyalty tends to stick throughout a voter’s lifetime. And yet the phenomenon continues to be met with an unduly wide, deep array of skepticism.
Blowing $135,000 at a strip club on the credit card you share with your father. New Jersey cardiologist Zyad Younan allegedly charged the corporate card he splits with his dad during four trips to Scores in Manhattan over a ten-day period late last year. Younan, probably embarrassed, is denying the total in a lawsuit and saying he must have been “drugged,” to which a Scores manager responded, “He was coherent until he saw the bill.” The strip club always wins.
Did you hear, did you hear: Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman next year? As he admitted on The Late Show last night, this wasn't the first time he tried to get a job under Letterman. Colbert was once hired to be a Letterman intern back in the '80s, but he turned it down for lack of pay. He also told the story of how he once applied to write for Letterman, but the show took too long to get back to him. Man, the alternate-dimension story of how Colbert got The Late Show is much cuter. "Letterman Intern Gets His Turn as Next Letterman," the headlines would read. Watch him tell these stories and read the Top 10 List he submitted as a writing sample, and imagine what could've been.
With the Supreme Court reluctant to take sides in the battle between TV networks and steaming provider Aereo, the biggest news to come out of yesterday's oral arguments was just how clueless some of the justices appeared. Septuagenarian Antonin Scalia provided the line of the day when he seemed befuddled at the idea that HBO isn't available over the air. Other moments of confused tech talk included Sonia Sotomayor dismantling the cred attained by owning a Roku when she asked a lawyer to talk about "iDrop in the cloud." Oof.
In recent years, the Supreme Court has increasingly found itself tackling issues of technology, and each time, someone reveals frustrated bewilderment at those goldarn contraptions kids are obsessing over. We've collected their most confounded and confounding statements:
The situation in Ukraine continued to deteriorate on Tuesday, as Kiev accused pro-Russian separatists of torturing and killing two people, including a local politician, and shooting a military plane. Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov responded by ordering security forces to resume their operations against the militants, which were suspended after last week's international accord called for all sides to refrain from violence. The United States also announced on Tuesday that it's sending about 600 troops into Eastern Europe in response to "Russian aggression," though President Obama has repeatedly ruled out any sort of military intervention in Ukraine.
A few weeks ago, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto was mispronouncing "Bitcoin" as "Bitcom," but he's grown far more familiar with the digital currency after being accused of inventing it in a Newsweek cover story. The 64-year-old California man is now the owner of 48 bitcoins, or more than $23,000, after an online fundraiser to help him "with medical bills his family is facing, any legal bills they may incur, or anything else." On Tuesday Nakamoto appeared in a video with Andreas M. Antonopoulos, who organized the drive, to thank the Bitcoin community. "I want to hug you, this 2,000 of you, who donated. I'm very happy, each one gives me a tick in my heart."
While the debate over whether video games cause violent behavior rages on, gaming did prove dangerous for one Long Island teen. As Rafael Castillo, 17, played Call of Duty on Tuesday afternoon, more than 70 emergency responders swarmed his Long Beach home in response to a reported hostage situation. Someone claiming to be Castillo called the local police station via Skype and said, "I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people." In reality, Maria Castillo was completely fine, at least until she spotted officers on her lawn with guns drawn, screaming, "Go! Go! Get out!" Her other son, 21-year-old Jose Castillo, arrived home from lunch to find helicopters circling and fire trucks outside his home. "I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn’t know what was going on," Jose said. "Then one of the police officers said somebody called and said that the mother and brother of somebody in this house was killed. I said 'how is that possible if she’s right there and I’m right here?'"